Data Breaker: Jeff Samuel, Darshan Jesrani, Magma Fest, Marielle Jakobsons
by Dave Segal
on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 4:46 PM
BERLIN TECHNO STAR JEFF SAMUEL RETURNS TO SEATTLE (ONE NIGHT ONLY)
Jeff Samuel moved from Seattle to Berlin about seven years ago, because that's what 97 percent of all smart, talented American techno artists do. You can make a damn fine living there while playing and spinning tracks that would draw only fringe crowds in the United States. Samuel's productions acutely balance subtly warped textures, smooth, funky rhythms, and suspenseful melodies. He's a master of understatement with an incredibly high hit-to-miss ratio. Pitchfork recently named Samuel's remix of Rhye's "Open" as track of the week, so if you've been wavering about going, now you have no excuse. Seattle electronic-music-scene mainstay Nora Posch (aka DJ/producer Aron Schoppert) runs the excellent Peloton Musique label and possesses two of the keenest ears for left-field techno in the region. Right-field techno? Not so much. With Centrikal and Manos. Electric Tea Garden, 9 pm, free before 11 pm/$10 after, 21+.